(epub / Pdf) Nation By Terry Pratchett By Terry Pratchett
That will take him on the return voyage to the Nation By doing so he will prove that he is a man and the village will celebrate as he sheds his boy s soul and takes on his man s soul Except when he returns there are no fires There are no feasts There is no one to welcome him home What Terry Pratchett is a weird and wonderful writer his style is completely uniue There really is no What Terry Pratchett is a weird and wonderful writer his style is completely uniue There really is no author uite like him and there will probably never be another a true orginal His humour is so strange but remarkably witty Some of the metaphors he uses are just plain genius This is the first Terry Pratchett book I read and I really do need to go and read some This novel takes place on a wacky island full of strange creatures and even stranger people The island s bananas are pink the trees secrete poison it has tree climbing octopus and stones that are worshipped as gods by the inhabitants Doesn t it just sound like a great place Unfortunately for Mau one of two protagonists in this novel his tribe is wiped out by a great wave that surges all nearby land He could see that the village had gone The wave had sliced it off the island A few stumps marked the place the long house had stood since for ever The wave had torn up the reef A wave like that would not have even noticed the villageOn the other hand the island itself remains intact Mau however doesn t have a soul He was completing his initiation to manhood when the wave struck he didn t get chance to finish as the initiators all died leaving his transcendence incomplete What s the poor half man to do He concocts a death wish plain and simple There s no reason to live any
Well Until The Seconduntil the second s boat Sweet Jude shipwrecks her on the island Ermintrude later called Daphne is a trouserwoman a person from civilisation who is not a tribal and is defined by her culture s wearing of trousers uite funny really these people are silly trousermen and silly trouserwomen well at least they are to Mau Pratchett has created a brilliant narrative voice for Mau that is ever so evocative of his innocence and of his humorous perceptions of westerners Ermintrude almost shoots him when they first meet and the poor lad thinks the gun is a spark maker to help with building fires Is this a frown at imperialism I think so Ermintrude is also a lady who loves to use the etiuette her Grandmother has taught her uite the contrast to Mau s tribal standards After the two get over their first hilariously embarrassing attempts of communication and manage to gain a small degree of understanding of one another they must try to survive on the remains of the wonderful island No easy task considering another bunch of people wash up on island including a wise old priest a pregnant mute woman and eventually another family group This is foreshadowed by the approaching cannibalistic raiders that want to ill everyone on the island Mau and Daphne must solidify their newly forming culture with the remains of the old one and learn to surviveThis book was great The writing was superb the plot exciting and the characters well rounded and funny More importantly however Terry pratchett is an uplifting change to those novelists who take themselves too seriously I should read books like this books that are random and odd Here s a picture of a bird Dear Terry Pratchett It is entirely unfair that every book of yours I read increases my estimation for you At some point you will no longer be able to live up to my expectations and on that day I am probably going to crySincerely Cait who is EDIT thinking about getting got a hermit crab tattooI ind of don t want to talk about the plot because Native boy and English girl survive tsunami build empire of survivors and create a nation of science does not convey how awesome it all is Guys this book is fantastic It s about coming of age religion science culture exploration tsunamis the South Pacific mysterious powers behind the throne and also and if you needed an also I am going to point out that you and I might not be able to be friends any there are tree climbing octopodes Listened to the audiobook May 19 and this book is still fantastic The footnotes are awkward in audio but otherwise no complaintsSeriously what can you as. Vivors arrive to take refuge on the island and not all of them are friendlyIn Nation Pratchett bring us a novel that is both witty and wise encompassing themes of death and nationhood while also being extremely funn.
Terry Pratchett Ô 5 Free downloadAcific island home to MauWhat follows is I agree some of Pratchett s best writing fun fast moving thoughtful entertaining and inspiring138th in line to the English throne in what is in this time period to be about 1860 strange things happen not the least of which is a massive tidal wave be about 1860 strange things happen not the least of which is a massive tidal wave deposits Daphne in the middle of the island That same deadly wave has destroyed Mau s village and left him with the lonely business of cleaning things
up and getting on with a life he is uncertain about Lonely thatand getting on with a life he is uncertain about Lonely that until Daphne shows up as well as a steady flow of other islanders displaced by the storm looking for refuge in the tiny island that is nown as The NationPratchett fills his jaunty narrative with hints of fantasy myth legend and enough feel good to fill up an ocean going sailing ship Exploring themes of family community loyalty and responsibility Pratchett has given us another great book to loveHighly recommended Deciding what one reads for the uite particular milestone of the 1000th book read is uite something Whilst stats are never important in any area of life reading playing Cricket sex they are incredibly fun And let s face it 1000 is a ruddy good number The importance of reading a good
"book on the 1000th turn was pivotal because the past few books have been in a word direCharles Dickens was a "on the 1000th turn was pivotal because the past few books have been in a word direCharles Dickens was a bet Charles Dickens is always a good bet Even when he dies and leaves a book unfinished he s still a good bet But Charles Dickens only really has a few ways of writing a few things to write about It was a slow world in 1854 Terry Pratchett on the other hand the ever funny ever real ever unashamed of voicing his views is also a good bet sort of Discworld is brilliant but this is not Discworld This is Other And past experience with PTerry s other was mixed at best Nation is an alternative history edition of a marooned Westerner and a native indigenous Great Southern Pelagic Ocean South Pacific Ocean island dweller On the surface it is a relative easy to read older children s book much in the same vain as his Tiffany Aching Discworld novels But as with all of PTerry s works scratch the surface just a little and you enter a world that is full of adult themes that we for some reason have initialised as being Too Grown Up For Kids And Therefore Should Never Be Mentioned In Front Of ThemDeath is a big part of PTerry s works We don t have the capitalised DEATH of Discworld but we still have the humour of death surrounding Mau There s nothing twee here which connects with the period this novel is set in 1860s and people died a lot Mostly of diseases Death was never a mythical beast who visited and left a shadow but instead it was dealt with Mau deals with it as does Daphne the Western cast away It is still dealt with calmly and there are no Lord of the Flies moments but the important thing is that it is dealt with It is fast paced with the occasional lull with no time for thoughts because of the situation except the really big thoughts that are impossible to ignore no matter how many dead relatives one must buryColonisation and Western approaches to dealing with Indigenous Peoples is also dealt with marvellously It s ridiculous to expect every Westerner to apologise for what their ancestors did but PTerry gives it a good go by offering up an alternative view of what should have happened It s also a good way of seeing how other cultures expect children to grow in to adults cutting out the society pressure of such a thing and instead giving Mau and Daphne to some extent the means of physically and mentally growing in to adults by forcing them to become adultsIt is one of those id s books that does not talk down to them but instead talks them up It is full of character who embody something different yet are able to somehow work together for the same end It has goodies and baddies but also in betweenies which is rare in a id s book It is likeable and clever but above all easy to read and understand It is very funny and very very Terry PratchettBlog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy Young Mau is a boy living on an island he Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome knows only as the Nation He has been sent to the Boy s Island where he must survive until he can using only the tools of the island build a canoe. Y have no common language no common culture but together they discover some remarkable things like how to milk a pig and why spitting in beer is a good idea and must try and forge a newind of Nation Then other sur. This is YA so I won t give it an official review but man is it top notch stuff Faith and desert islands Foul mouthed parrots and science It s a little like Swiss Family Robinson a little like Casablanca and a little like nothing I ve read before Grand great stuff Brilliant Absolutely brilliant Disclaimer I m about to wax poetic in a totally corny way Just warning youI am and have been for years of the opinion that Pratchett is the best writer there is He continually serves up pitch perfect depictions of spectacular characters who are both wonderfully inventive and at the same time purposefully normal And in every book hidden in the hilarity and the side splitting satire is a perfect pearl of truth about human nature I remember when I first found one It was the slender and yet unbreakable thread connecting the commercial idiocy of our Christmas season with a sweaty desperate beast running for it s life through a winter night nowing its death was inevitable Hogfather was a revelation for me For years Pratchett fans have been telling anyone who will listen that only the jokes ept Pratchett from being called a literary genius by the mainstream For me Nation is the final proof No story that opens with such soul deep sorrow can be called a comedy There is some humor of course The foul mouthed parrot is hard to miss but even that has a somewhat sinister explanation This is the first Pratchett book that I had to finish in one sitting Always before they were savored over days I new I could trust Disc World to be alright in the end and if some people met death in the process well he s a pretty good guy all around so where s the harm in that But Nation is not set on Disc World but much closer to home so I had to stay up until 315 AM to see how it all ended Death is a much scarier guy in this book although at the end much the same The pearl of wisdom in this book is not small and not hidden It s sitting right out there in the middle of the stage with flashing lights over its head This is about why we believe or choose not to believe In something In anything It s about us but then again it always is even when its also about trolls and dwarves And as always it is the characters that catch me Two seemingly normal individuals made extraordinary by circumstances and the way they react in those circumstances In the end I love Pratchett because he can show me characters that I now are human all the way to their toes and yet they give me hope Mau Vimes Granny Weatherwax even the Patrician they don t do what they do so that people will thank them appreciate them worship them They do what they do because it needs doing and no one else stood up for the job They do the hard jobs they give up certain niceties in life so that at the end of the day all is well not just for them but for everyone It gives me faith that somewhere in this world there are men and women like that It gives me hope that the human race as a whole might be worthwhile In the end all I can say is Terry Thanks 2016 Re read for Sci FiFantasy book
ClubSeriously Does Anyone Else Wantdoes anyone else want ick the Nobel Prize committee for not giving Pratchett th I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan but have to admit I like his adult books best His YA writings like this one are simpler not as cynical and therefore not as funny Nevertheless they are still very goodNation begins with a tsunami which wipes out the residents of many islands including the one where Mau ends up being the only survivor A variety of refugees arrive over the following days and numerous entertaining events occur Pratchett does delve uite deeply into beliefs and the existence or otherwise of gods Mau conside An excellent non Discworld book by Sir TerryAbout his 2008 Publication Pratchett Himself Stated I Believe That Pratchett himself stated I believe that is the best book I have ever written or will writeNation was an Honor Book in the 2009 Michael L Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Nation also won the Brit Writer s Award Published Writer of the year 2010So what is all the fuss aboutTaking a break from his fabulously well to do Discworld series Pratchett introduces us to an alternate history where young Ermintrude who calls herself Daphne is shipwrecked on a small South When a giant wave destroys his entire Nation his family and everyone he has ever nown Mau finds himself totally alone Until he meets Daphne daughter of a colonial Governor and the sole survivor from a shipwreck The.